Duke Special and the Ulaid, as AW regulars will know from a previous post (a memoir on a live recording session with invited audience in the middle of nowhere), are currently mixing their ‘Belfast Suite’ album and Peter (AKA Duke) asked me out of curiosity did I know if there were any previous examples of artists releasing effectively ‘new albums’ in the form of a concert recording.
Interesting question – and I’m hoping there’ll be a few answers from The Massive. off the cuff, I could vaguely recall a Joe Jackson 2LP set from the mid 80s that was, I think three-quarters new material, but recorded in concert. From memory (I haven’t checked yet), I think ‘Slade Alive’ in 1970 was largely material not otherwise recorded by the group.
And then one gets to live albums that feature a handful of ‘stage repertoire’ numbers alongside familiar material, such as The Who’s ‘Live At Leeds’.
The Pentangle’s ‘Sweet Child’ (1968) double LP is worth mentioning in that the live disc entirely comprised material not otherwise recorded by the band bar one number – although some of the items were tunes that individual band members had previously recorded in other bands or contexts.
Any more examples?